I Did It

Two and a half years.

191 pages.

93,290 words (24,000 of which were written in the past 30 days).

It is done. I met the goal that I set in January — finishing my first draft by the end of 2013.

I typed that. Me. After typing EVERYTHING ELSE.
I typed that. Me. After typing EVERYTHING ELSE.

This is the longest, most complex, most frustrating, and most rewarding project I’ve worked on so far. It’s taught me a lot about writing, about storytelling, about how I work best. It has taken everything — and I mean everything — out of me this past month, but now it is done.

For now. For better or worse, this process has really just begun. There will be revisions — oooh, will there be revisions. But it’s time for a breather. This is a big milestone, and I’m going to celebrate.

2013, man. You’ve been one hell of a year.

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9 thoughts on “I Did It

  1. Congratulations to you. I remember that day. For me the funny thing was I deleted the entire ending in my second revision. I could have finished two thousand words sooner.
    Your next big deal is when you see a copy of your work in print. The galley proof with your cover and YOUR Name as the author. That brings chills.
    Take a break, but a short one. Then get hot on revising, editing AND PROMOTING. Now is the time to get people excited about the release.

    1. That’s interesting what you say about your original ending — I have a feeling, too, that part of mine may get chopped. I’m hoping that taking a month away from it will give me a clearer view — seeing “the forest for the trees” and all that!

      1. As I was reading the Galley Proof, i got to a point and said, “This is the perfect ending”. Which is funny because i had the other ending written in my head for over a year.
        I did use it. I used it for the beginning of the sequel. That second one is now in edit and review.
        I expect to release Helen SD – The Fred Weber Story in late spring.
        Have you read your work out loud? Do you have some one who loves you enough to listen while you do? It’s important. It helps with narrative flow.
        I read what I have written to my wife as I go along. Sometimes as I am reading I say the thought differently than what is written. I change the text to the better version.
        If you have someone who is willing, and also willing to comment, your work will be smoother. It’s like sanding a piece of wood.

        Rick

  2. That is fantastic! Congratulations! :D

    I’m still in the early stages of my own book, but like you said, I’m already learning more through this experience than I have during anything else (hell, I wrote a blog post about that this night), and I feel the weight of the learning yet to come. I’ve already slashed so many words out, but I feel better about the story every time that I do.

    I hope the next part of your journey is also fantastic; let us know how it goes!

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